The City of Xenia’s Finance Department was given a prestigious honor during Thursday night’s City Council meeting, as it was presented with the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. The award is given by the Ohio Auditor of State’s office. “This puts the City of Xenia in a very select group,” Joe Braden, west regional liaison for the Ohio Auditor of State said in remarks before council members.
The award pertains to the fiscal year 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which the auditor’s office must deem ‘clean.’ The audit report must also show public money has not been misspent or misappropriated.
Braden commended the City of Xenia Finance Department and its director, Ryan Duke. “This award represents the hard work of the City,” Braden said. After accepting the award, Duke noted it was result of the hard work of Assistant Finance Director, Jason Lake, who spent many hours preparing the CAFR, and others within the department who are dedicated to excellence.
Xenia’s Finance Department has been recognized several times in the past for excellence. Most recently, it was recognized for its 2017 CAFR. The City publishes a CAFR each year online, which residents can review here. The City of Xenia also participates in the Treasurer of State’s Ohio Checkbook program, which shows expenditures dating back to 2011.